Oregon Student Mental Health Day Bill Signed into Law
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Now that's been signed into law, a new bill will allow Oregon school students to take up to 5 "mental health days" during any 3 month given period.
The bill was proposed in the legislature and was aided along, according to sources, by efforts from student activists. Citing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in 2018, student activists say it will help children. According to statistics, suicide is the second leading cause of death in Oregon for people ages 10 to 34.
Governor Kate Brown signed it into law recently. The five days will be considered excused absences, provided the student /parents follow procedures to notify the school.
Critics say the real issue is ensuring students and other young people are encouraged and able to communicate issues, feelings and problems that lead to mental health issues, with others. They say this system will be abused by those who are just looking for a 'day off' from school.
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